Indy community leader Amos Brown has died

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH / AP) – Amos Brown, 64, a longtime radio host in Indianapolis is dead, sources have confirmed.

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The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department confirmed that Brown was visiting family in Chicago when he collapsed. Brown’s sister, Oveda Brown, said her brother died Friday at his family’s home in Chicago.

Officials believe that he died of natural causes. Radio One Indianapolis Vice President and General Manager Chuck Williams said Brown collapsed from an apparent heart attack.

The Brown family released the following statement:

It is with sadness and grief that the family announces the passing of beloved Hoosier and Hall of Fame Broadcaster Amos C. Brown, III. Mr. Brown collapsed on Friday, November 6, 2015 at his family home in Chicago. Arrangements are pending. For more information tune into AM1310 The Light or visit

Brown was the host of a midday talk show on WTLC, a local music station. He was a two time NAB Marconi Award Finalist, a member of Indiana’s Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

His focus was on the African-American community in Indianapolis, beginning more than 20 years ago.

Radio One released the following statement:

On behalf of our entire Radio One Family, it is with a heavy and saddened heart that we share the news, of the passing of our family hero, Amos Brown lll.  Amos’s family has shared that he collapsed of an apparent heart attack late yesterday afternoon, in the Chicago home of his Mother and Father, and could not be revived.

Amos has touched the lives and hearts of hundreds of our Radio One family, both past and present.  Amos has touched hundreds of thousands of our extended Radio Family who have tuned in or reached out to Amos Brown every day of his illustrious Hall of Fame Broadcast Career.  A City is identified and driven by the depth and passion of our leader’s Civic commitment.  Amos Brown was large among them.  During Amos’s entire life he exemplified true passion and caring for the City of Indianapolis and definitively for the Community he loved to serve.

Our Hearts are with Amos’s immediate family and we ask that you support them in their grief and loss.

The response of grief from the community was instantaneous on social media:

Tanya Bell, the Indiana Black Expo President released the following statement:

The board, staff and members of Indiana Black Expo are truly saddened by the passing of Amos Brown, a life-time champion of justice and equality for the African-American community and the underserved. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, our Radio One family and our entire community. His passion and voice will be sorely missed. Amos defined his life through an unwavering and unparalleled commitment to public service, advocacy and leadership. IBE is committed to honoring his legacy in our ongoing work.

Brown wrote a column called “Just Tellin It” for the Indianapolis Recorder

Recorder President Shannon Williams wrote this about Brown:

His voice, candor, and keen ability to speak truth to power – despite possible backlash, will be greatly missed. Our community has lost a great mind and a great man.


Governor Mike Pence issued this statement:

Amos dedicated his life’s work to amplifying the voice of the Indianapolis community. While our politics often differed, Amos never let that stand in the way of friendship and I will miss him very much. His example of civility and respect was a testimony to the character and heart of this good man.

Reverend Charles Harrison with the Indianapolis Ten Point Coalition said, “We certainly lost a giant in our community and I just want to extend my heartfelt sympathy to his family, to the Radio One family. He’s certainly going to be missed missed in our city.”

Sgt. Kendale Adams with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said, “On behalf of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department we too offer our condolences to the Radio One family and the Amos Brown Family. He truly was a pillar of our community. He truly was a partner of ours at the police department and he will truly be missed.”

The Indianapolis Association of Black Journalist released this statement:

The Indianapolis Association of Black Journalists is devastated to hear of the sudden passing of a radio icon, WTLC AM 1310 radio host Amos Brown. Brown was a staple of the Indianapolis community, utilizing his voice over the airwaves to call for action in the city. There was never a question too tough for Brown to ask; he consistently fought for the community he so passionately cared for. While hosting his daily afternoon talk show he was able to bridge the communication gap between city leaders and the people they served. IABJ mourns the loss of such a great professional and friend. We will continue to honor his legacy within our organization.”

United Way of Central Indiana’s president and CEO Ann D. Murtlow issued this statement:

A champion for those living in poverty, Amos Brown approached human services issues with a mind toward facts and figures and a heart toward equality and justice. His passing leaves a void that will be impossible to fill in our community.

Stand for Children Indiana Executive Director Justin Ohlemiller released the following statement regarding the sudden death of radio legend Amos Brown:

I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Amos Brown. Every day for so many years, Amos was a strong voice for thousands across our city. He was an unshakable advocate for the needs of everyday people, and a consistent champion for justice and equity. For those being treated unfairly, Amos made a career out of amplifying their issues and concerns — speaking out and speaking up to ensure his fellow citizens were heard by our city’s leaders.

Amos was a believer in the power of grassroots communities, knowing that change is more sustainable and powerful when it’s driven from the bottom-up. Neighborhoods grow stronger when more people have a stake in shaping them, and that’s a lesson Amos consistently taught us in his words and with his deeds.

Simply put, Indianapolis is a better city because of the voice and leadership of Amos Brown. He will be missed.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.

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